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Misplaced steps reveal doorway to Star Wars live action series

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Sep 30th 2009 3:01PM
That distant glass door leads to LucasFilm television and its new live action Star Wars show.While I'll admit that the photo at right is not the most detailed, and Ansel Adams is unlikely to claim it as one of his own due to its lighting and composition, it should prove an important image for Star Wars fans.

The sign artfully painted on the glass door in this tasteful, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired hallway within the Skywalker Ranch compound in Marin County, Calif. reads "LucasFilm Television." You'll have to trust me on that. This is as close as I could get with a camera.

You might wonder what the big deal is about that sign -- considering that LucasFilm has a show on the air already with Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But, those 22 episodes originate across the building in LucasFilm Animation -- a separate division.

So, unless George Lucas is planning a revival of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world), the offices in the photograph house the development for the Star Wars live action show -- a production everyone knows about, but nobody will confirm. That show is the worst-kept secret in TV, but Lucas' publicity people continue the Tatooine two-step to avoid discussing it. Orders from the Emperor, no doubt.

It only goes to show what can happen when you wander off and get lost while searching for a restroom (read about my Clone Wars set visit here). In fact, I think that's how Han Solo met Chewbacca.

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